Stenger to Serve as Sergeant at Arms

‘I appreciate Mike stepping up to this critical role. He is extremely well-qualified and will continue to serve the Senate and our nation well.’

WASHINGTON, D.C.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday announced the appointment of Michael C. Stenger as Senate Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper. Stenger, a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service (USSS), has been the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Senate Sergeant as Arms (SAA) since January 2015. The Sergeant at Arms is the Senate’s chief law enforcement and protocol officer, and principal administrative manager for most support services in the United States Senate. Stenger succeeds Frank J. Larkin who has served as Sergeant at Arms since January 2015.

“I appreciate Mike stepping up to this critical role,” McConnell said. “He is extremely well-qualified and will continue to serve the Senate and our nation well.”

Stenger began working for the SAA in 2011, serving as Assistant Sergeant at Arms for the Office of Protective Services and Continuity until his appointment as Deputy Sergeant at Arms in May 2014. Stenger received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and attained the rank of Captain in the United States Marine Corps.

As Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Mr. Stenger was charged with overseeing security and continuity of operations policies and programs, and providing strategic and analytical assistance. Stenger was appointed in 2008 as Assistant Director for the USSS Office of Government and Public Affairs, where he administered USSS liaison activities with Congress, the Department of Homeland Security, other federal agencies, and members of the media and general public.

McConnell thanked outgoing Sergeant at Arms Frank Larkin for his service to the Senate community: “I can’t thank Frank enough for his work as Sergeant at Arms, his efforts to keep the Senate community safe, and the professional approach he’s taken to this critical role. I wish him well in his future endeavors.”

The largest in size of staff and budget in the Senate, the office of the Sergeant at Arms is also responsible for all Senate computers and technology support services, recording and photographic services, printing and graphics services and telecommunications services. The Sergeant at Arms also provides assistance to all Senate offices with their staffing, mailing, purchasing and financial needs.


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